un·​planned ˌən-ˈpland How to pronounce unplanned (audio)
: not expected or intended : not planned
an unplanned detour
an unplanned pregnancy

Examples of unplanned in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No more pregnancy, no more pregnancies, no more surprise pregnancies, unplanned pregnancies, pregnancy, surrogacy, none of it. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 13 Nov. 2023 Avoid the pain of an unplanned breakfast with our easy Breakfast Enchiladas. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 11 Nov. 2023 An unplanned C-section and ongoing struggles with breastfeeding meant my fourth trimester (the 12 weeks after giving birth, which many experts now believe is as crucial to a mother’s health as their first three trimesters) was filled with unexpected challenges. Liz Hammond, Vogue, 26 Oct. 2023 With its unplanned and unregulated growth (both in physical space and in population), the fort-turned-squatter-settlement brimmed with squalid conditions and all manner of vices, as well as law-abiding families, factories and businesses. Matt Benoit, Discover Magazine, 4 Oct. 2023 Wanga’s inspiring speech recounted her journey from early jobs in the Twin Cities to international success, highlighting her determination to pursue higher education despite unexpected challenges, including an unplanned pregnancy at the age of 17. Shelby Stewart, Essence, 2 Nov. 2023 For instance, if an unplanned pimple or cold sore pops up on the day of shooting, it'll probably be edited out in post production. Kirbie Johnson, Allure, 27 Oct. 2023 Ryan Reynolds and his brother Terry had an unplanned catch-up. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 25 Oct. 2023 Love Is Blind isn’t doing a live reunion this season, Andy Cohen isn’t getting drunk on NYE anymore, and if things get too unplanned on SNL, Lorne will just swap in the rehearsal taping for reruns/YouTube. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 13 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unplanned was in 1775

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“Unplanned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unplanned. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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